June 12th, 2019 IRC Meeting
- 1 Review
- 2 Decisions/Endorsements
- 3 Projects
- 4 Tasks
- 5 Tabled Projects
- 6 Upcoming Events
- 7 Participants
- 8 Summary
- 9 Minutes
6/30, 2-4pm, Somerville
Mayfirst Voting To Change Its Structure
- -- Should we approve these new by-laws that make us a non-profit membership organization -- the non-profit version of a coop?
- -- If you vote "yes" on the new by-laws, should we adopt a "special relationship" (as defined by these new by-laws) with the May First coop in Mexico?
- -- If you vote "yes" on the new by-laws, should we authorize the current Leadership Committee to continue in its current role until the elections for the new Board of Directors can be held (probably sometime in September)?
Goals for Q2:
- Organize meetups
- Organize election
- Organize Fundraiser(s)
- Organize candidate trainings
- Revise platform
- Next pirate news recording?
- meeting scheduled June 15th
- find discussion/voting system
- update blog theme
- update civicrm software
- set up torrents for PirateCon videos (creynolds)
- post remaining audio for PirateCon talks (srevilak)
Statement on Alabama/Ohio/Georgia Abortion ban bills/laws
Fight bills to make the Film Credit Permanent
HD388 would make the film tax credit permanent. It is supposed to expire in 2023. The bill has 100+ signatures this time around. There isn't a hearing date for it yet.
- Tell our supporters how to oppose it
- Look out for a hearing date
- If possible, reach out to other groups to organize a lobby day
National Platform reform/remake
These have been on our agenda for a long time. How do we make them a reality?
Boston Sex Worker Petition
Non-pirate guest speakers for Pirate News
CCTV camera map
Video Newsletter guest speakers
Worcester farm group is interested in having some FOSS tutorials. Perhaps:
- how to do basic labels in GIMP,
- work through a few sample spreadsheets related to seed cost and
- similarly applicable real-world situations, depending on the needs of the group
Basically how to do graph design & product management with open source tools. Malt will put together a one paragraph description of what we need and we can mail it out to ask pirates to help.
- 6/18, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 6/22, 11am-4pm, Holyoke Pirate Meetup, Board Room, Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke
- 6/25, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 6/25, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts
- 6/30, 2pm-4pm, Leadership/Activist/Volunteer Meetup, Somerville
- 7/1, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
21:02 <@jokeefe> Agenda: https://masspirates.org/wiki/June_12th,_2019_IRC_Meeting 21:02 <@jokeefe> ids 21:02 < Malt> Niiiiiiice 21:02 < igel[m]> yar 21:02 <@jokeefe> James O’Keefe, Somerville 21:02 < Pirate_Joe> Joseph Onoroski, Lowell 21:02 < DesmondRavenstone> Desmond Ravenstone, Boston (Roslindale) 21:02 < srevilak> Pirate_Joe: type "/me" at the beginning of the line, then other stuff 21:02 < Malt> Sam capradae, Worcester 21:02 < Pirate_Joe> Ahh, ty 21:03 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington 21:03 < igel[m]> william fleurant, arlington 21:03 * Malt slaps self with a large trout 21:03 < srevilak> Malt: has gotten the hang of it 21:04 <@jokeefe> anything to add? 21:04 < DesmondRavenstone> * DesmondRavenstone sticks his elbow in his ear 21:04 < Pirate_Joe> Only one comment for the national meeting 21:04 <@jokeefe> ok, please add it to the agenda 21:05 < DesmondRavenstone> *DesmondRavenstone takes elbow out of ear 21:05 < Pirate_Joe> I do not have access to such things on this pc, please add it for me. 21:05 <@jokeefe> Review - anything to review? 21:05 < DesmondRavenstone> */me again puts elbow in ear 21:05 < Pirate_Joe> New appointment on the national level 21:06 < srevilak> DesmondRavenstone: "/me " has to be the first four characters on the line. (No "*" in front) 21:06 * DesmondRavenstone removes elbow from ear 21:06 < DesmondRavenstone> AHA! 21:06 * srevilak thinks DesmondRavenstone has got the hang of it 21:06 < Pirate_Joe> New appointment on the national level 21:07 * DesmondRavenstone likes bragging about his flexibility 21:07 < Malt> Oh? 21:07 <@jokeefe> What is the new national level appointment Pirate_Joe? 21:07 < Pirate_Joe> Webmaster 21:07 < DesmondRavenstone> Yes, do tell! 21:08 < Malt> Could you hit me up with a link Monday? Might be able to make it 21:08 <@jokeefe> Thanks Malt 21:08 < Pirate_Joe> So we were contacted by an indiviual that goes by the name Johan. Very excited, wanting to ramp up things for both the national level and individual states 21:09 <@jokeefe> great 21:09 < Malt> Nice 21:09 < DesmondRavenstone> What ideas does Johan have? 21:09 < Pirate_Joe> We nominated him to Webmaster and we will be setting up a merch account when I get everything done for setting up the pac, which at this point is whenever I can get to it. 21:10 <@jokeefe> cool 21:10 < Pirate_Joe> He is a former lawyer for Washington D.C. Supreme court circuit and so he is about to retire. Likes our party and wanted to do a bit to help us ramp up. 21:11 <@jokeefe> glad to have the help 21:11 <@jokeefe> Decisions/Endorsements 21:11 < Pirate_Joe> That's all I have on that matter for the moment, but we may end up doing an active distribution to the states for running candidates 21:12 <@jokeefe> thank you 21:12 < Malt> Cool! 21:12 < Pirate_Joe> Thanks, that's all I have 21:12 <@jokeefe> Leadership/activist/volunteer picnic - Set for 6/29 2-4pm. 21:12 < Malt> I'm out of the state, sorry buds 21:12 <@jokeefe> Will email out to the activist list and volunteers tomorrow 21:13 <@jokeefe> have a wonderful trip, Malt 21:13 < Pirate_Joe> I may be able to attend but I will have the little pirate with me. 21:13 < Malt> I'm driving Gramma from Florida to VT 21:13 <@jokeefe> Will have a grill and some food 21:13 <@jokeefe> Hope you aren’t doing it all at once 21:13 < Pirate_Joe> I'll bring some food as well. Or perhaps a tasty beverage or 20 21:13 <@jokeefe> Pirate_Joe little pirates are fun 21:14 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 21:14 <@jokeefe> Mayfirst Voting To Change Its Structure 21:14 <@jokeefe> srevilak, would you be able to give a summary? 21:14 < srevilak> I've downloaded the new set of bylaws. Was planning to read them and vote later in the week 21:15 < srevilak> But the general gist. MF/PL operates in two countries, US and MX. MX is formally set up as a co-op 21:15 <@jokeefe> We have to vote by 6/17 21:15 < srevilak> US is chartered as a non-profit 21:15 < srevilak> One of the goals was to have more similar organizational structures in the two countries 21:16 < srevilak> My understanding is that the US portion will have a board, rather than a leadership committee 21:17 <@jokeefe> Questions are: 21:17 <@jokeefe> -- Should we approve these new by-laws that make us a non-profit membership organization -- the non-profit version of a coop? 21:17 <@jokeefe> -- If you vote "yes" on the new by-laws, should we adopt a "special relationship" (as defined by these new by-laws) with the May First coop in Mexico? 21:17 <@jokeefe> -- If you vote "yes" on the new by-laws, should we authorize the current Leadership Committee to continue in its current role until the elections for the new Board of Directors can be held (probably sometime in September)? 21:17 <@jokeefe> Bylaws - https://mayfirst.org/files/bylaws.en.pdf 21:17 <@jokeefe> Discussion - https://comment.mayfirst.org/t/discuss-the-proposed-coop-by-laws/1245 21:17 < srevilak> It will still be a membership-based organization 21:18 < srevilak> jokeefe: I'm in favor of that 21:18 < Malt> Yes 21:18 <@jokeefe> Wisconsin Pirates are structured as a coop 21:19 < DesmondRavenstone> Query: Aren't there rules about how Mass political parties are to be organized? 21:19 <@jokeefe> this isn’t for us 21:19 <@jokeefe> it is for how our hosting provider is organized. 21:20 <@jokeefe> we have to vote or not by 6/17 21:20 < srevilak> I've now read through the bylaws. I'm fine with supporting 21:21 < igel[m]> how might other mayfirst subscribers vote 21:21 <@jokeefe> does that answer your question DesmondRavenstone? 21:21 < DesmondRavenstone> I believe so, thanks 21:21 <@jokeefe> ahoy igel[m] 21:22 <@jokeefe> great 21:22 < srevilak> igel[m]: there are three questions 21:22 < srevilak> Adopt the proposed by-laws formally transitioning the organization into a cooperative, non-profit membership organization (click to review the full by-laws). 21:22 <@jokeefe> My thought is to vote Yes/Yes/Yes 21:22 * srevilak agrees with jokeefe 21:23 < DesmondRavenstone> Or, as Sean Connery might say: Yesh, Yesh, Yesh 21:23 <@jokeefe> lol 21:23 < Malt> Same 21:23 < srevilak> igel[m]: second question: Establish a special relationship with the Primero de Mayo Coop in Mexico (as defined in our new by-laws) in order to continue our bi-national leadership and strategy. 21:24 < srevilak> See https://vote.mayfirst.org/node/84 21:24 < srevilak> igel[m]: third question: Grant authority for the existing Leadership Committee to continue until the new board can be elected. 21:24 < srevilak> See https://vote.mayfirst.org/node/86 21:25 <@jokeefe> thoughts? 21:26 < DesmondRavenstone> If we vote for the first two, the third makes complete sense. 21:26 < Malt> No strong objections here 21:26 < Pirate_Joe> Though this may affect us, I have little interest in it currently and will defer judgement to more informed members of our committee. 21:27 < Pirate_Joe> IE jokeefe and srevilak 21:29 <@jokeefe> any objections? 21:30 < DesmondRavenstone> Not on my part 21:30 < srevilak> no objection 21:30 < Malt> Nine 21:31 < Malt> None 21:31 < Pirate_Joe> None here as well 21:31 <@jokeefe> igel[m]? 21:32 <@jokeefe> to answer your question, igel[m], I have no idea how other members will vote. srevilak? 21:33 < srevilak> I voted yes, yes, yes 21:33 < srevilak> Can't speak for any other members, however 21:33 < Malt> Same, all yesses here 21:33 < igel[m]> ok 21:33 < DesmondRavenstone> Like Pirate_Joe will concur with others 21:34 < igel[m]> no obj here 21:34 < Pirate_Joe> I trust Srevilak's judgement, his wit is quick and his eye be true 21:34 < igel[m]> lol 21:34 <@jokeefe> ok, will vote Yes/Yes/Yes, then 21:34 * DesmondRavenstone loves Pirate_Joe's turn of phrase 21:34 < srevilak> Pirate_Joe hopes so :) 21:35 <@jokeefe> Projects 21:35 <@jokeefe> Regional Meetings 21:35 < srevilak> I had volunteered to work on invitation message copy this past weekend 21:35 < srevilak> Got too caught up in GoTV 21:35 <@jokeefe> this weekend? 21:36 < srevilak> jokeefe: no, three days ago 21:36 <@jokeefe> would you be able to finish that? 21:36 < srevilak> jokeefe: will give myself a deadline of friday night to draft 21:36 <@jokeefe> thank you 21:37 <@jokeefe> Due to family developments, I asked Owen if we could move the Holyoke event back. Haven’t heard from him yet. 21:38 < srevilak> jokeefe: if postponing would help you out, then we should do that 21:40 <@jokeefe> thanks 21:41 < srevilak> I'll work on copy anyway. We can use it whenever 21:41 <@jokeefe> Should have time tomorrow to post a poll for the October general meeting 21:41 <@jokeefe> and send out an email to volunteers/supporters 21:42 <@jokeefe> Pirate_Joe - do we have the final time for the picnic you were hosting? 21:43 < Pirate_Joe> I have not booked the catering yet, but I am hopeful for the afternoon 21:43 <@jokeefe> thanks 21:43 <@jokeefe> Video Newsletter 21:44 < Pirate_Joe> I should be available Sunday in the morning, Does 10:30 sound good for everyone? 21:44 <@jokeefe> Will have last one up tomorrow. Been a bit distracted 21:44 < Malt> Ok 21:45 < Pirate_Joe> Understandable, it gets done when we can get to it. 21:45 <@jokeefe> Sunday 10:30am should be fine 21:46 < Pirate_Joe> Would anyone else like to attend? I will be discussing Brexit 21:46 < Malt> I should be around 21:46 < DesmondRavenstone> Not sure if I can make it 21:46 < srevilak> I can make it 21:46 < Pirate_Joe> And Trumps complete botching of it thus far 21:47 < Pirate_Joe> Did you see his meeting with the Irish Prime minister? 21:47 < igel[m]> no 21:47 < Pirate_Joe> It's painful to watch 21:49 * DesmondRavenstone wines 21:49 <@jokeefe> We should include local stuff as well: MBTA detrailments for one 21:49 < Pirate_Joe> I plan to make this one a bit longer for more natural discussion. With a few key Pirate issues on display for it, I don't want to miss this opportunity for good click baitiness. 21:49 <@jokeefe> also: 21:49 <@jokeefe> https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/06/04/top-court-mass-review-controversial-technology-police-use-track-cars/rrMNeqIuYxc1rmiANhnrJK/story.html 21:50 * DesmondRavenstone winces about Irish PM & Trump 21:50 <@jokeefe> https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190608/10443842355/obtained-records-show-ice-is-using-alpr-databases-to-reconstruct-targets-lives.shtml 21:50 <@jokeefe> Brexit/Trump - the gifts that just keep on giving 21:50 < Malt> Yeah the plate tracking is a Big Deal 21:50 * DesmondRavenstone winces again over links 21:50 < igel[m]> yes 21:50 <@jokeefe> https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/06/hackers-stole-thousands-of-border-crossing-photos-from-border-agency/ 21:51 < igel[m]> we have children in same detention concentration internment centers as japaneese were held in during WWII 21:52 < igel[m]> pity we do not have democracy 21:52 < igel[m]> at so many levels 21:52 <@jokeefe> aye that 21:52 < Malt> We gotta boost those hackers 21:52 * DesmondRavenstone nods in agreement 21:52 <@jokeefe> to that - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190608/19442942359/ice-is-cramming-immigrants-into-filthy-overcrowded-facilities.shtml 21:53 < igel[m]> kids now limited to 30min outdoor time remaining in the jail cells 21:54 < Pirate_Joe> So really good bit to go on for that, so we are doing it. That's all I have on that topic. 21:54 < Pirate_Joe> All are welcome to attend, the more the merrier. 21:54 < Malt> That story is pirate gold 21:54 < Malt> Yeah 21:54 <@jokeefe> 10:30am Sunday then 21:55 <@jokeefe> igel[m]: How goes Mass Mesh Net? 21:56 < igel[m]> folks are stepping up with outreach soo much 21:56 <@jokeefe> Wonderful! 21:56 < igel[m]> hopefully critical mass this summer 21:57 <@jokeefe> Cryptoparties - Somerville one will be 6/26 at the Sprouts 21:57 < Malt> Nice 21:57 <@jokeefe> Topic is 2FA devices 21:58 < srevilak> we're getting close to time 21:59 <@jokeefe> aye that is all i have 21:59 < igel[m]> snds good re: 2fa 21:59 <@jokeefe> motion to adjourn? 21:59 < Pirate_Joe> 2nd 21:59 <@jokeefe> all in favor? 21:59 < Malt> Aye 21:59 < srevilak> aye 22:00 <@jokeefe> srevilak, would you get the notes and the summary? 22:00 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 22:00 < srevilak> jokeefe: sure 22:00 <@jokeefe> thank you